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New Tatneft Cup Tournaments Start With 2 events This Week

The last Tatneft Cup tournaments ended in October, Enriko Gogokhia, Alexander Stetsurenko and Tsotne Rogava winning the tournaments at 70kg, 80kg and heavyweight respectively. A new leg of Tatneft Cup tournaments are about to get underway this week, with two events both in Tatneft's home in Kazan, Russia.

The first event takes place on November 29 and as usual with Tatneft Cup cards, features two 70kg fights, two 80kg fights and two heavyweight fights for each respective weight's tournament. At 70kg, Artur Alimirzoev of Russia fights Farkhad Ahmedjanov from Belarus and Lithuania's Tadas Jonkus fights France's Abdoul Toure. 80kg sees Russia's Rinat Akhmetov take on multiple time Tatneft veteran Stanislaw Zaniewski of Poland along with France's Cheick Sidibe fighting Alexandros Chatzichronoglou of Greece. At heavyweight, 2011 Tatneft Cup winner Hicham Achalhi of Holland/Morocco fights France's Daniel Lentie. The other heavyweight fight sees Elmir Mehic of Bosnia fight Russia's Mikhail Tyuterev.

I think the fighter to keep an eye on for November 29 is Cheick Sidibe, who has been on a roll lately, winning numerous times all over Europe, including defeating Jason Wilnis at It's Showtime in May.

The second event takes place on December 1. At 70kg, Ait Said from the Siam Gym in Holland fights Russia's Vyacheslav Borschev while Samo Petje of Slovenia fights Thailand's Robert "The Terminator", probably better known as Robert Kaennorsing. At 80kg, also from Slovenia is Miran Fabjan, who fights fellow Tatneft veteran Leonildo Evora of Portugal. Ekapop Sor Klinmee is the second Thai on the event, as he fights at 80kg against Marino Schouten from Holland. Finally at heavyweight, Igor Bugaenko of Belarus fights Brazil's Eduardo Maiorino de Morais while Turpal Tokaev of Russia fights Lithuania's Mantas Rimdeika.

Out of the December 1 fight card, Miran Fabjan is coming off a win just three days ago, effectively making his fight against Evora his second fight in a week's time. It should also be interesting to see Robert Kaennorsing, who I haven't seen for quite some time, aside from being a trainer at Tiger Muay Thai. Robert has a very exciting style.

November 29:

70kg: Artur Alimirzoev vs. Farkhad Ahmedjanov

70kg: Tadas Jonkus vs. Abdoul Toure

80kg: Rinat Akhmetov vs. Stanislaw Zaniewski

80kg: Cheick Sidibe vs. Alexandros Chatzichronoglou

HW: Hicham Achalhi vs. Daniel Lente

HW: Elmir Mehic vs. Mikhail Tyuterev

December 1:

70kg: Ait Said vs. Vyacheslav Borschev

70kg: Robert "The Terminator" Kaennorsing vs. Samo Petje

80kg: Miran Fabjan vs. Leonildo Evora

80kg: Marino Schouten vs. Ekapop Sor Klinmee

HW: Igor Bugaenko vs. Eduardo Maiorino de Morais

HW: Turpal Tokaev vs. Mantas Rimdeika



EMCOM No Longer Majority Shareholder In K-1

There's been some movement over the past few days in regards to the shares held in K-1, which is a subsidiary of EMCOM.

EMCOM is no longer the majority shareholder in K-1. Yesterday, six million new shares, for six million Hong Kong dollars were issued to LEXI INVESTMENT LIMITED. Essentially, this mean's EMCOM's stake in K-1 is now 0.085%, compared to its previous 51% stake.

So what does this mean? Essentially, it looks like K-1 is trying to raise some capital due to losing a lot of money and have found a third party in LEXI INVESTMENT LIMITED to allocate shares to and get an investment from.

There's also a release on EMCOM's website that details this issue, although it's in Japanese. What I can make out is that K-1 lost a lot of money (which we already knew) and that operating costs exceeded expectations and that by performing the allocation of shares to a third party, K-1 essentially is trying to generate some new working capital to continue operations, and ultimately try and make K-1 successful enough to be able to make money and pay off its debt and the investment. [source]


Catalin Morosanu Thinks He's Fighting Cro Cop in K-1

Sure, we don't have the final date and location of the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals yet, but we do have some insight into what one of the big matchups will be Romania's own Catalin Morosanu going up against Croatia's powerhouse Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. This is an interesting style matchup as Morosanu is a very powerful brawler and Cro Cop in his twilight years has become more of a careful technician who has a ton of knockout power and one of the most deadly left hands and left high kicks in the business. This still isn't final or official yet, but if it went down it'd be pretty cool.

Watch the interview from here.


S-Cup Update: Tournament Field Settled, Quarterfinal Matchups Announced

After a confusing week that left us with a myriad of different S-Cup competitors, the dust has settled and we are left with an official final 8: Andy Souwer, Henri van Opstal, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Hiroaki Suzuki, Hiroki Shishido, Bovy Sor Udomson, Joachim Hansen and Gesias Cavalcante. Warren Stevelmans, who qualified with a win over Hinata in September, will not participate, likely because of his sudden participation in GLORY 3 Rome this past week, filling in as a late replacement for Yoshihiro Sato, who replaced Albert Kraus. The finalization of the tournament field also came with the quarterfinal matchups. In the upper half of the bracket, Shootboxing Lightweight champion Hiroaki Suzuki takes on former DREAM Lightweight champion Joachim Hansen while 2010 S-Cup semifinalist Henri van Opstal fights Bovy Sor Udomson. In the lower half, 2004 S-Cup finalist Hiroki Shishido fights K-1 HERO*S 2x Middleweight GP winner Gesias Cavalcante while the most intriguing quarterfinal pits 3-time S-Cup winner Andy Souwer against Kem Sitsongpeenong.

In the first half of the bracket, I expect a Suzuki-van Opstal semifinal as Suzuki will likely be the better striker against Hansen and with Suzuki's entire pro career coming in Shootboxing, Hansen will have trouble exploiting throws and standing submissions. I favor van Opstal as he is the better fighter at this point in their careers. In the other half, I give Gesias Cavalcante the best chance to score an opening round upset as Shishido is slowly approaching the twilight of his career and is just 2-4 since losing in the opening round of the S-Cup in 2010. The final quarterfinal is very hard to call, but it's hard to pick against Souwer in this case as he has a size advantage, as well as a huge experience advantage under this ruleset, as it is something Kem is foreign to. That being said, I give Kem the best chance to beat Souwer in this tournament and stop him from winning a 4th S-Cup.

On the reserve side of things, Akihiro Gono will fight Satoru Suzuki in one reserve fight while Hinata is set for the other reserve fight with a yet to be named opponent. During the past week of confusion, one of the names tied to this event was Andy Ristie and it looks as though that is more than just a rumor, as Shootboxing has added him as an expected participant. If he does compete it would likely be in a reserve fight. That's probably not the best news Hinata would want to hear as the two fought at It's Showtime 55 in January, with Ristie dominating Hinata en route to 3 knockdowns and a stoppage just under 2 minutes into the first round.


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